Student Projects 2017
3D Metal Printer
We are creating a prototype 3D metal printer using MIG welding technology in order to bring the cost of 3D printing metal down and deliver access to academia and the home user.
Aquatic Weed Removal
Team Nemo is seeking a solution to the excessive weed growth in the University of Idaho Arboretum ponds. The ideal solution will both address the immediate problem and improve the long-term health of the pond. Based on the needs of the arboretum caretakers, we are focusing on creating a scaled-down remote control version of larger weed harvesting boats. This will provide caretakers the ability to cut back growth immediately, and by removing biomass it will reduce the nutrient overload which is causing the problem.
Automated Burnishing Machine
Our goal is to design and prototype an automated burnishing stand for Night-Force Optics that is adjustable to different turret models, this stand must be simple to operate and capable of burnishing to a specified torque and backlash. This machine will automate a process that is currently a manually completed by employees.
Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team
The University of Idaho Clean Snowmobile Team is comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students. We design, build, and test a snowmobile then compete with it at the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. The object of the challenge is to reduce emissions and quiet the snowmobile while maintaining reliability and performance.
Clean Snowmobile Muffler Team
Working as a sub-team on this year's competition sled, we designed, manufactured, and validated a muffler that is quieter than stock without imposing power losses.
Coeur d'Alene Outdoor Classroom and BMP Design Project
Team will present an original design for a combination outdoor classroom and stormwater best management practices demonstration site.
Degradable Concrete to Cap Mine Tailings
Mine tailings (residual minerals from ores) are collected in large piles next to mining sites. However, mine tailings are hazardous to humans and crops. An agglomerated Â½" to 1" cover will retain water away from the mine tailings, preventing heavy metal poisoning. A degradable cement cover infused with plant materials, diammonium phosphate, and magnesium chloride will agglomerate the mine tailings and prevent water leakage until the space is naturally reclaimed. The abundant source of plant nutrition allows plants to grow through the cement, providing natural, green containment years after the cement has degraded.
This project is an exploration of the essence of design, where we focus on the why as well as the how of design. Areas of inquiry include woodworking, dress forms, kinematics, mobility, and manufacturing.
The goal of this project is to develop a hardware/software product to enable large organizations to locate “lost” printers. A large organization may have hundreds of printers, scattered around many acres of facilities, connected to a local area network or the Internet. Occasionally these printers go missing: they break down, are physically moved, or become disconnected from the network, and are very difficult to track down. A product is required that operates outside the company network to contact these printers and have them report their status and location.
DeVlieg EMG Electromyography Controlled Flight
Our goal was to control the flight of a quadcopter through basic movements rather than a controller. This started with the idea to use muscle signals for control but expanded to an accelerometer and potentially surface brain signals.
DeVlieg Ramjet Rocket Prototype
Rockets and rocket models will be displayed.
DeVlieg Rocket Propulsion Research
Project focusing on computational fluid dynamics and design verification for an integrated ramjet rocket and a solid fuel rocket booster.
Downtown Boise Transportation Project
Based on the preliminary analysis of the impacts of converting 5th Street and 6th Street to two-way operation, the 5th Street/Fort Street/Hays Street intersection is anticipated to require additional capacity to accommodate the projected traffic conditions. Therefore, this project will evaluate up to three alternatives for improvements.
Drain Pan Welding Jig
Our team has created an ergonomic clamping jig that allows the welders at Colmac Coil to safely and efficiently weld drain pans. This jig must accommodate various forms of welding while keeping drain pans orientated correctly while minimizing the amount of time required to clamp a drain pan for welding.
Electric Generator Modeling and Automatic Generation Controler
To model two of the electric generators and their distribution networks and loads for the microgrid in downtown Spokane, as well as to create an appropriate control system to provide a stable frequency control and effective load management.
Flue Gas Energy Recovery
Our teams mission is to capture the waste heat at the steam plant by utilizing thermoelectric generators to produce power. The power generated will be used to charge radio batteries at the steam plant.
The University of Idaho is looking for a solution to clean sediment that collects at the bottom of the water tank just next to the Kibbie Dome. Our solution is efficient and effective so cost of cleaning is reduced as well as work while the water tank is in operation.
High Speed Stator Design for Flywheel Energy Storage System
U of I-FESS research team is designing and modeling flywheel energy storage systems to evaluate their associated science and technologies. FESSs enable the storage of energy from renewable, intermittent sources such as wind, solar, and nuclear. The high speed model is being developed to be able to store 30,000 RPMs.
Hoofbath Copper Recovery
(5-10%) copper sulfate solutions are implemented to prevent their cattle from infectious hoof diseases. After every 150-200 cattle, the solution becomes inactivate due to biosolids, urine, and soil particles. Currently waste solutions are sent to the wastewater lagoons, reducing soil fertility. Recovering copper from used copper-sulfate hoof baths can be recycled to restore the capital loss on copper. This process is not only economically sound, but environmentally friendly. Our team has been tasked to create an economical process of separating copper from the inactivated copper sulfate solution while doing a biological treatment process of the biosolids.
Hot to Pot: Geothermal Water Sources for Drinking Water
Geothermal water springs have not been widely used to produce clean drinking water because of their high temperature, salt, and bacteria content. Reverse osmosis (RO) membranes are commonly used in preparing drinking water. Our group prepared RO membranes for this application, by coating them with a zwitterionic polymer.
IMC-based Humidification Control for Vapor Sorption Analyzers
Decagon Devices has developed a Vapor Sorption Analyzer (VSA) instrument to characterize the water holding capacity of various materials. During operation, a microcontroller unit regulates a combination of both wet and dry feeds of air to achieve a desired target relative humidity to within 0.1% error of a set point. Internal Model Control (IMC) based control theory is applied to yield improved system performance and better reject system disturbances.
Increasing Battery Efficiency: Porous Wall-Hollow Glass Microspheres in Lead-Acid Batteries
Porous Wall-Hollow Glass Microspheres (PW-HGMs) have been shown to increase electrolyte storage when used in Pb-acid battery plates. This increase in electrolyte storage is responsible for an increase in the energy that can be extracted from the battery, particularly at high rates of discharge. To avoid undesirable voltage drop due to the lack of conductivity of the PW-HGMs, the microspheres are GUITAR coated (carbon thin film) which provides the needed conductivity for these additives.
Industrial Assessment Center
DOE sponsored students at U of I perform free energy industrial audits around the northwest. This year they are researching new ways to quantify energy savings. This year's booth features demonstrations of advanced boiler control, vacuum system energy savings, and compressed air leak quantification.
Interactive Kiosk for College of Engineering
The goal of this project is to create an interactive touchscreen kiosk in Janssen Engineering Building (JEB) for the College of Engineering. It will serve as an information portal to all of engineering, and the primary point of navigation for JEB, with information on services available, upcoming events, and maps to offices and labs.
Internet of Things for Sustainability
A five day workshop aimed at teaching high school students and college freshmen the basics of micro controllers, with a focus on sustainability.
Inter-Turn Fault Detection for Air Core Reactors
The research team will design a three-phase small scale model of an air core reactor to simulate and test inter-turn faults. An RTDS model will be developed to simulate more in-depth scenarios and verify the data collected from the small scale model.
Iridium 9523 Satellite Modem Development Platform
The goal of this project is to develop a hardware/software platform for using the Iridium 9523 satellite modem on nano-satellites at NASA Ames Research Center.
Kuzco Hoof Bath
Design of a reactor to dissolve copper into sulfuric acid to form copper sulfate crystals. CuSO4 is widely used in hoof bath solutions for cows in the dairy industry. Combined with WERC Team 1's project, dairy farms in Southern Idaho will be able to have a sustainable recycling system for a more economical and environmentally friendly process.
Lees Ferry Water Treatment Plant
This project is a redesign of the Lees Ferry Water Treatment Plant. The project includes comparison of different treatment methods, treatment system design, as well as structures to cover the treatment system.
LSV-2 Autonomous Submarine EMI Measurement and Mitigation
The US Navy Acoustic Research Detachment, at Lake Pend Oreille, is experiencing electromagnetic interference (EMI) with their acoustic data collection. We are determining the primary sources of EMI in the LSV-2, the world's largest autonomous submarine, and designing an EMI mitigation scheme to assist the development of submarine stealth technology.
Lunar Flywheel Controls
Develop code and hardware configuration for the safe acceleration and stabilization of the Low Speed Lunar Flywheel Energy Storage System.
ME 421 / ME 301 Final Projects
Student teams in computer aided design classes will demonstrate their final projects.
Micro Capacitive Sensor
The goal of this project is to develop a printed circuit board (PCB) that utilizes capacitive sensors and an off-the-shelf capacitance-to-digital-converter (CDC) to detect and monitor micro entities. The monitoring process is an autonomous process that displays a plot of real-time capacitance values.
Mill Creek Channel Stabilizer Modification for Low-Flow Fish Passage
Mill Creek is designed for flood control in Walla Walla, Washington. The Army Corps of Engineers evaluated the channel and determined that fish cannot pass at low flows. The task is to modify stabilizers 53-55 to create sufficient fish passage while maintaining structural and conveyance integrity for flood events.
The NeuroTouch is a hand-held device that measures the elastic modulus of biological tissues with the slightest touch to the tissue surface. It is designed to be used as a diagnostic tool for surgeons; giving real time feedback to aid in determining the severity of different health ailments.
Optimization of Silicon Rubber Mold Production
Design and improve ATC Manufacturing's silicon polymer compound mixing process for the creation of molds. Standardize the mixing process during creation of the molds such that the lifetime of the mold is maximized. A revised mixing procedure was developed to ensure mold uniformity.
Page Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
The Page wastewater treatment plant is located in Smelterville, ID. It currently is unable to meet its NPDES effluent requirements for ammonia. Additionally, it is likely that the EPA will impose stricter effluent ammonia requirements in the future along with nitrate and phosphorus. The purpose of the project is to design a biological treatment and solids separation system to maximize the use of existing infrastructure.
Paradise Pathway US 95 Underpass
The design for a bike underpass for the South Main Street bridge highway in Moscow, Idaho.
Passive Solar Distillation of Acid Rock Drainage Water
Acid rock drainage (ARD) waters impact local waterways due to their heavy metal content and acidity. Many affected sites are remote and effective treatment requires low-maintenance and self-sustaining processes. Our team has developed a passive solar distillation system to treat ARD waters, operating solely on gravity and solar power.
Poinsettia Management System
The goal of this project is to provide remote monitoring and control for the commercial production of poinsettias and other greenhouse plants using mobile devices. The system controls strategically timed covering and uncovering of plants to control exposure to light, and monitoring of soil moisture and other ambient properties.
Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport Runway Realignment
The Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport) located in Pullman, WA, plans to construct a larger runway to replace the existing runway. The proposed project area will require substantial site grading and drainage improvements. Our project is to provide a geotechnical evaluation, settlement analysis, and realignment of airport creek.
Reverse Engineering Legacy Hydroelectric Equipment
Our team has converted old drawings of legacy era hydro-power turbine equipment into solid models which are being used to create a functional desktop prototype as well as inform industry replacement of full-size components.
RF Energy Harvesting
Only a small amount of RF energy is captured by the intended receiver. The objective of this research is to make a device that captures the remaining ambient energy and converts it back into electricity for low power applications such as powering a sensor module.
Seed Storage Tube
Our prototype is intended for usage in third world countries to help increase agricultural yield. Oour solution is an airtight and watertight container inside which seeds collected during harvest can be stored for up to two years. The container is vacuum sealed to kill insects present in the seed.
Selective Noise Cancellation with Bone Conduction Headphones
Improve and modify existing noise cancellation circuit design to selectively eliminate both ambient and particular sounds without impeding the ability to have a normal conversation using bone conduction headphones. In addition, an acoustic wave cancellation proof of concept demonstration will be provided.
Sight Impaired Mobility Assistance
This product is designed to enable sight-impaired people to navigate by sound. A headset carrying video cameras produces a software model of the surroundings, and translates this description to sounds, allowing the user orient him/herself and perform tasks like navigating around a room and pick up objects. This phase of the project focuses on constructing a videogame-like “virtual world”, and mapping a 3D scene into sound, serving as a testbed of techniques.
Silicide Coating for Aerospace Parts
We have designed, fabricated and tested an apparatus that applies a uniform silicide coating (R512E) to the inside surface of a niobium based alloy (C-103) that is shaped into a thrust chamber and rocket nozzle.
Single Cylinder Engine Design and Optimization
ESTECO Academy has partnered with Aprilia Racing and Gamma Technologies to sponsor the design and optimization of a single-cylinder, four-stroke, 250cc engine. The aim of this project is to utilize modeFRONTIER and GT-Suite in numerically analyzing, simulating, and testing to create the ideal race engine.
Snare Drum Notator
This project will take real-time measurements of a soloist playing on the snare drum, and convert them into music notation, which can be displayed using publicly available applications, or printed. The system will gather signals from accelerometers and gyroscopic sensors mounted to a wristband. The goal is to capture nuances of the performance not available in commercial notation software, such as type of stroke, and location, attack, and intensity of a hit.
Spokane Microgrid Distributed Generation and Storage
Our team is one of three teams at the University of Idaho working with Avista Utilities to develop a micro-grid in downtown Spokane. Our team's mission is to investigate current options for distributed generators and energy storage, and examine the locations for and study the integration of these micro-grid components.
Sunset Swim Center Pervious Concrete Parking Lot
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) in Beaverton, OR has contacted 3J Consulting to reconstruct the existing swim center parking lot due to a deteriorating asphalt surface and would like to utilize pervious concrete to further the district's sustainability goal, correct existing flooding, and repair the pavement. In this project, the client (THPRD) is requesting the consultant to replace the parking lot surface but maintain the western sidewalk and curbs. All existing parking lot lighting is to remain as there is not sufficient budget to replace the lighting for the project. THPRD would also like to maintain or increase the total number of parking spaces for the project and provide dedicated parking in the western two rows of stalls for pool patrons. The parking lot is shared with the high school to the north for after school program transportation services by buses which stage at the Sunset Swim Center's parking lot. The access onto the main roadway will need to be maintained and can't be relocated. Design elements include: a. Parking Lot layout b. Pervious pavement section design c. Hydrology report d. Stormwater drainage system design
Tap In! The Global Water Crisis
The commercialization of bottled water has led to misinformation about the higher quality of most tap waters. Public water supplies all around the world are threatened by large corporations whose beverage portfolios are now driven by water, not soft drinks. After a visit with us, you will never look at bottled water the same again. Come and learn more about the global water crisis and how you are part of the solution.
Technology Readiness Tracker
The Technology Readiness Tracker is a software tool that assists the user in searching the web to gather and analyze trends in a specified technology. A picture of the state of maturity of a technology will aid companies decide whether or not to develop products in that technology area, and aid investors in deciding whether to invest.
Tendon strain apparatus
Our client has designed and built a mechanical bioreactor controlled by Labview to test mechanical properties of soft tissues such as tendon. Currently the client is able to measure the force applied to the tissue and the displacement between the grips holding the tissue. Our objective is to develop and design a non-contacting video system to measure the strain within soft biologic tissues and improve the capability of the system already in place.
The Coffee Roasters
An inexpensive personal coffee roaster which uses hot air to roast green coffee beans to the user's preference has been designed. This roaster is an improvement on existing systems because it will also collect the skin of the coffee beans, filter carbon dioxide, and other harmful gases from the exhaust.
The Grid Defender
Grid Defender is a power grid support system intended to protect power lines and utility poles from damage during adverse weather conditions. The system works by sensing stress on the lines and if it exceeds a dangerous level, the cross arms and power lines are safely lowered to the ground.
The Internet of Things: Watering the Future
In the US 355 BILLION gallons of water is used EVERY DAY, water conservation is essential for reducing such use. This design utilizes a user friendly application to instruct sensors to gather atmospheric and soil readings. This data is used to control irrigation in real-time to minimize overwatering, thereby conserving water.
The Pointe at Post Falls
Land development in Post Falls, Idaho that includes roadway design, stormwater collection and treatment, and design of wastewater facilities.
Titantium Fitting Sorting
We have created a material handling system to properly orient titanium fittings for a subsequent cleaning operation in accordance with needs of Boeing's Tube Duct and Reservoir Center.
Tower of Lights Editor and Synthesis
The Tower of Lights placed bright, colored light-emitting-diode (LED) lights in the windows of the Theophilus Tower on the U of I campus, and connects them to computers which cause the lights to pulse in a pattern consistent with music played through speakers. This is a multidisciplinary endeavor, combing engineering and the arts. The goal of this project is to develop an editor to enable musicians to compose aesthetically pleasing light patters to augment the music.
Vandal Atmospheric Science Team
The Vandal Atmospheric Science Team (VAST) aims to design, build, test, fly, and recover aerospace technology and science instrumentation via High-Altitude Balloon launches, develop critical-thinking creators and leaders, and foster partnerships between the University of Idaho and the aerospace industry.
Vocal Isolating and Amplifying Headphones
The project is to isolate vocals in a media stream and amplify them to create a more distinguishable and clear voice for the hard of hearing.
Waste Heat Harvesting with Liquid Gallium
All electronic devices generate heat and lose efficiency. To combat this loss, we present a novel waste heat management system using liquid gallium to efficiently draw heat away from electronics. A thermoelectric generator then produces electricity from the waste heat to be used elsewhere.
Waste Heat Management
Thermal management is a key component in electronics design and a leading cause of electronic failure. Team Frigus has designed a thermal management system for a multi-kilowatt, multi-phase power converter based on a unified thermal core design using liquid and air cooling. Design, manufacturing and testing were conducted for validation.
Water for Families "Where there is Nothing"
A water distribution system system designed for a community in Bolivia.
Wearable Mobile Arm Support
To design a mobile, wearable, arm movement assistance device from the existing design that is effective at providing support to the shoulder and elbow and comfortable to the user.
What is Civil Engineering?
Future job prospects and career options for civil engineers are spectacular! Yet many potential engineers (and others) have no idea what civil engineers do. Stop by and meet U of I Civil Engineering majors and learn more about how civil engineers work to make our lives better every day and in every way.